Herb Spiralling, on a Friday Afternoon.

Herb spiral. Done.

Hello luvs!

On Friday, (my proper day off), I mentioned I was off to faff about in the garden and make a herb spiral.

And so I did. Warning: garden nerdery ahead…

Hard labour, (I think moving river rocks and loads of compost about my property constitutes hard labour), seems to be one of my ways of dealing with emotional turmoil. That possibly sounds a bit dramatic for what I was actually feeling on Friday, but I did have the glums over the gaping Chook-sized hole that was left by the loss of my dear ol’ poulet friends. You know – even when you’ve reconciled yourself, and you’re feeling philosophical about things, there’s still feelings, in’t there?

And basically, I’m more likely to go and garden it out (or walk it out) than sit and wallow. Although there are times that a (brief) wallow does wonders for the soul. I need physical activity to move through emotions. And personally, I’m more inclined to drop a few tears on the earth, than to seek solace in a bag of chips. Merlin however, is definitely an emotional eater. But we won’t go there, just now.

I also love my projects. I need projects in general, as I have a love of completion. And when I have loooong projects stretching ahead of me, I feel all the more that I must have little bite-sized endeavours dotted amongst the epic sagas. Boosts the morale…or something.

The herb spiral project was such a one. It only took me an hour or so to finish, (including transplantings), and I used materials that I found around the property; so it cost nothing. There were quite a few river rocks that were randomly dotted about the place. So I hefted them around to my back door, where the herb spiral was born.

I didn’t really have a plan, but I did have some pressing requirements. Namely, to not disturb any of the already established plants, (such as my climbing rose). Also, that spot is a sheltered sun-trap and a balmy little microclimate on this shady mountainside. It’s where things like gardenias and herbs and roses do so well, and I wanted to get more plants in that conveniently located spot – especially kitchen herbs and greens. A herb spiral is perfect because it extends the space potential, without colonising too much actual space.

And finally, I don’t like straight lines. A spiral couldn’t be further from that notion. I’m working on creating a bit of a meandering permaculture garden, and eliminating as many straight lines and formalities as I can. A happy chaos is much more fitting for Rapunzel’s than a manicured nicety.

Below is how this spot looked before, as a small rectangular apron of garden…(apologies for the shoddy photos):

Before spiral
After spiral. And before Merlin dug up my lettuce. Cue a case of Gardener’s Wrath. It’s not the dog here who digs up the garden. No.

Even though there is a subtle ascent up the spiral, overall it isn’t particularly steep. This was deliberate on my part because the design aims to take full advantage of the light and the sun, (I don’t need to create any shaded bits within the spiral as many herb spirals aim to do, as I have enough of those around the property already). Once the spiral gets established, and the goodies I’ve planted grow up a bit, I think it will come into its own.

During the Winter, I’ll be adding salad greens amongst the herbs. But in Summer, when it gets too hot there for lettuces, I’ll focus more on growing basil, strawberries, a couple of sunflowers, and possibly chilli.

Anyway. It’s a long weekend here, so I’m going to plant some more lavender cuttings, (a small army in fact), plot out a raised bed for growing vegies; and draw up a plan for a garden that will contain a pomegranate tree, surrounded by roses.

Cheerio, and happy Monday to you! xx


8 thoughts on “Herb Spiralling, on a Friday Afternoon.

  1. Love garden nerdery… I’m a huge garden nerd myself 😀

    We have almost total shade here in all seasons, on the dark side of the mountain, in a valley… hence our soon-to-be move to a sunnier place.
    I so miss growing medicinal herbs, that require sunshine and room to grow – both are sorely lacking here.

    Your spiral is fabulous! Great energy and vibrations.

    Perhaps you could gather some fallen sticks and with some twine, weave a mini tee-pee or cloche to protect a few plants until Merlin realises it’s a no-go.
    He’s probably loving the freshly dug soil 🙂

    Have a lovely week xx


    1. Thanks for your encouraging words, Vicki : ) And I’m definitely going to take up your suggestion of weaving a mini tee-pee to Merlin-proof my plants! Brilliant idea! He got into an awful lot of trouble with me, and has been uncharacteristically toadying to me ever since.

      I can well imagine the year-round shade – we have a few spots here at Rapunzel’s like that, and I find myself (for the first time ever!) craving sunniness. I hope your imminent move provides you with some light and warmth!

      Sending you best wishes for a new home that will support you beautifully. xx


  2. Love it. As for digging cats, I started out with 7 peas, as of last night I had one plant left. All my woad gone too. And the deer eat my lettuce.


  3. oh, merlin, merlin…

    love the herb spiral! there is something just intrinsically pleasing about round-y things as opposed to straight line-y things. and putting hands in the dirt is healing to body and soul, definitely.

    may your garden bloom and burgeon! and may merlin keep his paws to himself…


    1. Truly, that cat has a talent for creating stupendous levels of trouble and chaos. He brought down a ladder this morning, and that’s before the sun had even risen.

      Oh, and I discovered a wonderful letter in my mailbox on Saturday morning – such a delight! xx


  4. ah, i so well relate to the therapeutic nature of physical labour. ’tis most cathartic to heft and dig and rummage, methinks.

    that’s a beauty of a spiral…and your notion of meanderingness is moste pleasing. we’re surrounded by trees — which seem, funnily enough, to keep getting bigger — and i’m carefully studying the sun exposure as i plot my next projects. sadly, the veg patch is coming under the canopy of a moste majestick maple at one end…so i’ll have to think about what my future plantings there will be. i’ve got all sorts of Ideas Brewing, but in light of our rather continuous lack of rain, i’m terrified to commit to more planting lest i’m unable to keep the poor creatures alive!

    oh dear…bit of an attack of garden-nerdery myself. 🙂

    Merlin. really.



    1. I love the sound of your Ideas Brewing, Mel : ) And I’m encountering similar conundrums in regards to tree canopies and shade…it all changes dramatically here with the seasons. We actually get more light here in Winter than we do in Summer with the deciduous trees doing what they do. So I’m trying to plan a vegie garden that will survive (and hopefully thrive) through the variations in light throughout the year. This means keeping a “solar diary” to record the light patterns.

      Deep, deep nerdery : )

      Wishing you rain, and therefore happy plantings, dearest! xx


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